Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Super Big Mega Gigantic Contest Announcement! She’s Just That Into You: Speed Dating with Deidre Knight

UPDATE - We're thrilled that so many of you plan to enter Deidre's contest and can't wait until tomorrow. That said, some questions have arisen that were not outlined in the rules last week. Please check out our updated guidelines below in red. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Just one more update... We're expected a pretty big response tomorrrow morning, so please don't get frustrated if you have trouble getting on the blog for any reason. Keep checking back with us periodically until you're able to get through.  Best of luck!

What are you asking Santa for this year? A cashmere sweater? Flat screen TV? What about a gift that keeps on giving well into the New Year and beyond – literary representation?

Knight Agency president and founder Deidre Knight is on the hunt for a fresh, unique voice to add to her personal client roster. Are you the one she's looking for? Find out by joining us here on The Knight Agency blog for "Speed Dating with Deidre." Beginning Tuesday, November 30th, Deidre will whittle down the first 125 entries to one lucky winner.* The contest opens at 8:00am ET right here on the blog, so set your alarms!

Oh, and there’s a special bonus, one randomly drawn winner will receive a first chapter critique from Deidre – drawn from all entries.**

*If it is determined at the end of the contest that the materials submitted are not on par with The Knight Agency's needs, representation will not be offered. In this case, Deidre will provide a final winner with a general manuscript critique.

**The random drawing for a first chapter critique will be selected from the first 125 entries sent in during the specified entry period from 8:00am ET to 2pm ET on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010.

HOW IT WORKS:

DAY ONE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH--

1. The first 125 people to leave a comment (including their name or pen name) in the contest post on The Knight Agency Blog will be automatically entered and should promptly send in the first three pages of their completed manuscript to Contests@KnightAgency.net. You will be able to leave comments from 8:00am ET to 12pm ET to gain entry in to the contest. Your first 3 pages must be received by 2pm ET.

The name entrants choose to post in the comment section MUST ALSO BE noted in their emailed submission. If we cannot match the name provided in your email to the one left in the comment section – your entry will be deleted without notice.

2. Only the first 125 entrants will receive email notifications about contest results (i.e. whether they’ve made it to the next round or not). If you’re not one of the 125, please do not email your 3 pages – we will not reply.

DAY TWO: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND--

3. Deidre will select up to 25 entries to advance to the second round from the initial 125 entries. The names of the selected entries will be posted publicly on The Knight Agency blog by the end of the business day Thursday, December 2nd, and the selected writers will also be notified via the provided email address to submit 10 pages. The pages must be emailed to Contests@KnightAgency.net by Friday, December 3rd at 12:00pm ET.

Those not chosen to advance to the next round will receive email notifications. However, please remember this is speed dating. There will be no critiques, recommendations or explanations given as to why an entry was picked or not at any time during the contest. Please do not contact us for any type of feedback. Not being chosen doesn’t mean your literary dreams are over. It just means your perfect literary match is elsewhere. Remember, there are other fish in the sea.

DAY THREE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH–

4. On the third day of the contest, Deidre will pick an undetermined amount of entrants to send in the first three chapters of their manuscripts based on the ten pages sent by entrants the previous week.

5. The selected entrants for Day Three will be posted on The Knight Agency blog and notified via email. They must submit their first three chapters no later than 12:00pm ET, Thursday, December 9th.

DAY FOUR: MONDAY, DECEMBER 13TH–

6. On the fourth day of the contest, Deidre will select an undetermined amount of entrants to submit their full manuscript. The names of those advancing to the final round will be posted on The Knight Agency blog, and they will also be notified via email. Full manuscripts must be received no later than 12:00pm ET, Tuesday, December 14th.

THE BIG REVEAL: MONDAY, DECEMBER 20TH--

7. On the fifth day of the contest, Monday, December 20th, Deidre will reveal her new client on The Knight Agency blog, and the winner will also be notified via email. If none of the material submitted meets the needs of The Knight Agency at this time, the prize of representation will be void. However, a final winner will be selected to receive a general manuscript critique from Deidre. The first chapter critique winner will also be announced.

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

- International participants are welcome.

- If another Knight agent is actively considering your query, you are not eligible for the contest (active means an agent has informed you that they are considering your manuscript and would like to review more material)

- If we have previously rejected your manuscript, please do not enter this contest unless your work has undergone a substantial rewrite

- The only genres that will NOT be accepted, are those that are outlined in our submission guidelines.Here is an excerpt from our guidelines page regarding what we do not represent:

"5. Due to the the wide range of tastes and preferences that exist among The Knight Agency's six acquiring agents, we are currently looking for material in a wide spectrum of genres. Please reference the list below for the types of submissions we are NOT currently accepting.
- Screen Plays
- Short Story Collections
- Poetry Collections
- Essay Collections

- Photography
- Film Treatments
- Picture Books (although graphic novels will be accepted)
- Children's Books (although young adult and middle grade titles will be accepted)
- Biographies
- Non-fiction Historical Treatments"
- Entries shoould be double-spaced

- Only full manuscripts can be entered.

- Contest is open to both unpublished and published authors.

- To find out what type of books the agency DOES NOT accept, please visit our submission guidelines page.

- We will check out spam filters to make sure no one gets caught there; however, if your email becomes otherwise delayed, deleted or falls through a black hole – your entry will be declared void. We are not responsible for lost entries.

- Your materials must be sent in by the deadlines outlined above. Late submissions, even by mere minutes, will result in forfeiture of your entry.

- Everyone, and we mean EVERYONE, will receive the same generic “yay” or “nay” reply letting them know whether or not they have advanced to the next round. Please don’t ask us for any additional explanation or feedback of any kind. Deidre is reading these entries as fast as she can while maintaining her busy schedule – so there’s no time for hand-holding.

- Do not send your entry to any other email address besides Contest@KnightAgency.net. Failure to follow this instruction will result in deletion of your entry.

- Multiple entries are not allowed. If you enter more than one manuscript, only your first entry will be counted.

- Corrections are not allowed. What you send in the first time is what Deidre will judge. No exceptions. Make sure you’re attaching the right document.

- Do not send pages more than we ask for at any time. If we ask for 10 pages and you send 20, your entry will be deleted without notice.

- To protect ourselves from potential viruses and other random flotsam and jetsam, the first three pages you send in should be pasted within the body of your email. Not attached separately in a Word document.

However, once we’ve established communication after the first round, subsequent pages, should be properly formatted for submission and sent as Word document attachments. The Word document should ALWAYS include a cover page with your name, physical address, genre and overall word count.

- The only information that we will ever reveal about you publicly is the name you provide. The only places we will post your name is on our company blog, and possibly in the company newsletter.

- The winner of the random drawing must claim their prize via email to Contests@KnightAgency.net 30 days from notification of their win. The critique will be returned within eight weeks after receipt of materials.

- All entrants will be opted in to The Knight Agency newsletter. The newsletter contains a link that allows you to easily opt out at any time.

If you have any further questions about this contest, please email Contests@KnightAgency.net.

So who's in?

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254 Comments:

Blogger Eileen Schuh: said...

I'm in, definitely. Even though, as a westerner, it will mean a very early rise on 30 November!

[I sooooo need an agent!]

Eileen Schuh, Author
"Schrodinger's Cat"
http://www.eileenschuh.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 5:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger pensees said...

Fab contest, though 8am ET is 5am on the west coast!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 5:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Heather said...

What a fantastic contest! I would love to join in but Nephele is currently considering my full so I will be watching from the sidelines!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 5:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

I'm really excited! As for the early hour for West Coast...the thing is, I have a really short period of time to turn all these around b/c I have a personal obligation on Thurs 12/2. So we've put lots of time/thought into the best way to make all this happen before Christmas. That said, we might consider pushing it to 9 or 10 am Eastern, but I need to think about it. Have a great Thanksgiving! D

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 6:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Cathi said...

Sounds exciting! And the time is no big deal, I'd get up at 3 a.m. for this one...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 6:37:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jean said...

Sounds great! What a fun idea and I love the creative title.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 7:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tory M said...

This is an exciting contest opportunity. Definitely marking my calendar! Heh.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 7:48:00 PM EST  
Blogger Joe Iriarte said...

What a fun idea!

I assume, though, there's no point in entering if my manuscript is not in one of the genres you normally represent?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 7:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Maxine Mansfield said...

It will be 4AM in Alaska but I don't mind :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 9:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lillian Grant said...

Oh Bugger. I can't enter because I live on the earth's backside. I shall go and weep in the corner now. *sniff sniff*

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 10:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger Bronwyn said...

Thanks for this amazing opportunity! But please don't change the time... That would be after midnight for me! Although like most others, I would probably stay up all night =)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 10:20:00 PM EST  
Blogger Evangeline Holland said...

Solid!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stella MacLean said...

Hi Deidre,
I'm in. All the dates of the contest are on my iCal and I'm ready to go.
Stella

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 8:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger William and Anna Patterson said...

I hate to say it but my brain is fried due to several people (can't get an accurate count) are coming over for Thanksgiving Dinner, and I still am not ready, and I am doing the NaNo and I am behind on word count, so I am working day and night to finish this by end of month. A friend sent me a message and told me about this Speed Dating thing so I want to enter. I will get a little sleep and then reread how to enter. I sure want to be a part of this, sounds like so much fun.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 9:43:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Nancy Naigle said...

What a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Thanks for this magical opportunity, Deidre.

Now, which manuscript will dazzle you?
:)
Nancy Naigle
www.nancynaigle.com
Love stories from the crossroad of . . .
small town and suspense.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 10:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Steve Finnell said...

you are invited to follow my blog

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 10:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger tarak said...

What a lovely opportunity - best of luck to all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 12:20:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Steven Till said...

Sounds great to me. I'm in too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 12:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Trish said...

West Coast resident here, but I shall make a point of being online, waiting to post, at 5am.

So very worth it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 2:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Qwillia Rain said...

Definitely something I'd be interested in. I can be there if I avoid the 4 am writing binges. LOL

Qwillia Rain, Author
Diablo Blanco Club:Rite of First Claim
Released 11/16/10 from Loose Id,LLC

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 4:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Riley Quinn said...

Great contest!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 5:25:00 PM EST  
Blogger WordCanvas said...

What a wonderful bit of excitement for the holiday. Many thanks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 6:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Catherine said...

If I'm an Aussie, can I enter this contest? It seems to great an opportunity to miss - but I might have to.

Cath

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 4:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Roberta Walker said...

Thank you for offering this! I have a query in to another at your fine agency. Just a query. Am I still able to participate?

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 7:15:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kate MacEachern said...

What a great opportunity!
Thank you.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 7:29:00 AM EST  
Blogger Blanche said...

What a great opportunity. Good luck to all!!

Blanche Marriott

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 10:16:00 AM EST  
Blogger KGB said...

I'm stoked, and I don't care how early I have to set my alarm. It's a small price to pay for a chance to have Deidre Knight read something I've written.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 12:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marlene Frere said...

Great idea! I'm in.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 5:05:00 PM EST  
OpenID anthimeria said...

I, too, will be waking up early to check this out.

Friday, November 26, 2010 at 1:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kristen howe said...

Comment me in. I do have a question. I queried Deirdre in September and haven't heard a word. Is it ok to enter anyway? There's no mention of it in the blog.

Friday, November 26, 2010 at 8:51:00 AM EST  
Blogger funny in the 'hood said...

I'm in. This sounds like a great opportunity.

Friday, November 26, 2010 at 9:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Kristen:
If you dont receive a query answer from us within a few weeks--ever--always query again. That said, I don't accept direct queries. Those are handled through submissions@knightagency.net. So in the future, keep that in mind. For this contest, though, of course you can still enter.

Can't wait to see who all enters! D

Friday, November 26, 2010 at 12:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lusha Lovelace said...

What word count range are you looking for? I have a finished short story I would like to submit.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:09:00 AM EST  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Okay, if another agent already has the submission, you can't enter. If we have passed on your project, and it hasn't been revised, please don't enter. Thanks!

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:30:00 AM EST  
Blogger AstonWest said...

Bummed that I won't be able to comment from work that morning...oh well.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 12:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Yasmine said...

I'm in. It's only one hour earlier for me.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 12:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tosin said...

Is this contest only open to US residents? I'm on the other side of the Atlantic in London but I'm in if it's allowed!

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger loohou said...

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Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Scooter Carlyle said...

I know I'm being very anal. When you say three pages, do you mean single or double-spaced? You stated in the rules that entries with 20 pages instead of 10 would be deleted, but, depending on spacing, my three pages may turn into six.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 2:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Double-spaced--good question. So funny, Jia and I labored and labored over these rules, yet new questions have arisen!

Open to anyone around the world who is willing to be up/around at the starting time of 8 am Eastern.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger From the Pen of Jen said...

So, just to clarify...I sent a query to one of your agents this last week. Does this mean I shouldn't be setting my alarm clock to the crack of dawn or am I still eligible to enter since I haven't heard back from that agent yet. I wasn't really clear on your earlier post, sorry.

Thank you! This is really a great contest!

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 4:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Jen, to be clear--no queries should be sent to individual agents, anyway. Per our guidelines, queries are only to be sent to our submissions coordinator. So you should plan to enter the contest. If you then hear from that agent (although you very well might not if it was sent to their private email address), then let them know if it's already part of the contest. Make sense?

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 5:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger From the Pen of Jen said...

Thank you, Deidre! I apologize, I did send the query to the submissions email 'ATTN' a specific agent, not to their personal email address. I'm excited for the contest. Thank you again for clearing that up!

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Joylene Butler said...

It's probably here somewhere, but I can't find my glasses and well, I'm lost without them. What are your formating requirements? Double-space or single? I'm only asking because the first scene is 3 and a half pages long.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 10:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger Scooter Carlyle said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 1:53:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Sam H said...

Hi Deidre :) I have a quick question because I would really liek to enter the contest, but I'd hate to be rude here. So, I sent a query to Nephele and, according to your query answering times, her answer should be here on December 1st, exactly one day after the contest begins. See, I'm concerned because I don't want to enter and insult either you or Nephele, but if Nephele decides to pass on my query and I DON'T enter, well... I've just wasted a very valuable opportunity. I want the Knight Agency to represent me, so I want to be clear in this. CAN I enter since Nephele's answer will be here one day after, or not? Thank you :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 5:44:00 AM EST  
Blogger Scooter Carlyle said...

I deleted my earlier comment because I worded it poorly.

I checked your agency's submission guidelines and my novel is a genre that your agency does represent. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that you personally do not accept fantasy.

I could not tell from the contest rules if it is possible for an entry from a genre you personally do not represent to win, as it sounds like the prize is representation from you yourself, not just any agent from your agency. If you won't be accepting fantasy, I'm happy to submit my materials the old-fashioned way.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 9:54:00 AM EST  
Blogger Loretta C. Rogers said...

Count me in. My Christmas wish is representation by Knight Agency.

Loretta C. Rogers
Published by Avalon & The Wild Rose Press
www.lorettacrogersbooks.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 11:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger jo robertson said...

Sounds like an exciting contest! I'm in!

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 12:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger barbara said...

Can't wait till Tues. morning...

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 2:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger D.D.Gibson said...

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Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger D.D.Gibson said...

I don't know about you guys but I psyched about this contest. I currently have a YA novel in my drawer that I'm thinking about entering into the contest. Can't wait until Tuesday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger angelacavener said...

Just heard and I can't wait. What an exciting and appreciated opportunity. I'm crossing my fingers that I'm nimble enough and awake enough to be in the first 125!

Angela Cavener
www.angelacavener.com
DARA President

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 8:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Rasheedah said...

I am so happy! This is an awesome contest I am totally in :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 10:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jane Doe said...

Awesome stuff! Can't wait.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 1:16:00 AM EST  
Blogger Gonzalo Munevar said...

I intend to be there.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:12:00 AM EST  
Blogger Earl Staggs said...

Timing question. I have to leave for work at 7:40 AM and don't have email there. Would I still be eligible if I posted 20 minutes early 1?

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:42:00 AM EST  
Blogger Yasmine said...

Quick question. When sending the first pages should it be in the body of the email or as an attachment rtf or doc.

PS in reading the comments I think a couple of spams sneaked in.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 8:29:00 AM EST  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Some answers:
1) You can't post early, sorry.
2) I do represent fantasy, but in general, so long as our agency reps the genre, that's all that matters for the contest.
3) Don't worry about having queried us. If you wind up in the contest, simply tell our submisssions coordinator if you're in the "pool" if you advance in the contest.
4) Material should be by attachment in Word.
5) Double-spaced for material.

THANKS!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:01:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Linda JB Herrick said...

6:00 a.m. MST, no problem for early birds.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:01:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Kasi99 said...

This is exactly what I wanted for Christmas.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Yasmine said...

Ya know it would be really great if I read to the end of the directions. Could explain why when I began baking cupcakes the first ones didn't turn out so well.
Okay first pages in the body of email. Mea culpa.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:10:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Marianne van Gelder said...

one more day and counting, yay

bet everyone here on the west coast has an alarm -- you know we'll all set them for this opportunity

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:29:00 AM EST  
Blogger Dawn Montgomery said...

I'm definitely in!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:42:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Natalie Thompson said...

Looking forward to entering!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:06:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this fantastic contest!

Susan

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:15:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the step in the contest when you submit 10 pages should that be the first ten pages of the manuscript (including the 3 pages sent earlier) or any ten pages in your manuscript?
Thank you for doing this contest, I can't wait to enter!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:33:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fun! I have a question-- should one be so lucky as to beat the rush-- should we send in ONLY the first three pages-- or include a query letter? Or maybe just Title/Genre/Word Count? Thanks!!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:51:00 AM EST  
Blogger Cathy said...

What a fun opportunity!
Thanks!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:52:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Kd Fleming said...

How exciting. I can't wait.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:06:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jia Gayles said...

Hey Ladies and Gents, just wanted to clear up a bit of confusion about how things should be submitted. Please use the following as a guideline:

Nov 30th -- First three (3) pages of your manuscript sent in the body of an email. Do not include query letters. However, your name (which MUST match the name you left in your blog comment), genre and overall word count of your manuscript would be GREATLY appreciated.

Dec 2nd -- Next ten pages of your manuscript sent as an attachment with cover page including name, physical address, genre and overall word count.(The attachement must include the first 3 pages you intially sent -- so thirteen (13) total. No worries we will include specific instructions should you be contacted for more pages.)

Dec 8th -- First three (3) chapters, plus cover page

Dec 13th -- Full manuscript, plus cover page

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:28:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Barb said...

Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger Gayle C. Krause said...

Great idea. I'm looking forward to entering.

Thanks so much,
Gayle

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 12:42:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Andrew Schneider said...

Sounds like fun.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 1:19:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kerry Denney said...

Thank you for offering this excellent opportunity! I'm definitely in... and betting the first 125 get posted in the first 30 seconds of 8 am EST, lol. Some serious competition, but I'm stoked and prepped for it!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 1:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger barbara said...

counting down the hours...

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 2:07:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kerry Denney said...

A quick question: Is THIS the place we leave our comment to qualify as one of the first 125? (Where there are already 76 comments.) Or will there be a NEW "Contest Blog Entry" for submitting our names and comment? Don't want to blow this chance! Thanks.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 2:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jia Gayles said...

Hey Kerry, an official contest post will go up tomorrow morning. That's the one you'll need to leave a comment in. :-)

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lisa Wells said...

Can't wait until tomorrow. Good luck everyone.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Amanda Green said...

This is great. Can't wait for tomorrow.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger From the Pen of Jen said...

Thank you for the extra info Jia! I've never been so excited to wake up before the sun's out.

Can't wait!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger John Betcher said...

Don't know how quick I am on the draw . . . but would love to give this a shot.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger John Betcher said...

Looking forward.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Coralie Hugthes Jensen said...

This sounds like a nice way to submit.I'll be there.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger John Betcher said...

John L. Betcher

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger John Betcher said...

Can you tell us exactly what URL we should look for the link on, please? Thanks.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jia Gayles said...

Hi John,

I won't have the exact URL until the post goes live. If you visit the main page, http://knightagency.blogspot.com/, at the appropriate time tomorrow -- you'll find the contest blog front and center. It will be labeled "The Official Post for Speed Dating with Deidre Knight -- Comment Here To Win!"

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Diane Garner said...

What a terrific opportunity. Thanks for doing this.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Seamus said...

Seamus Bayne here.

I am in. Please expect my submission tomorrow morning.

THANK YOU

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Max said...

Exciting opportunity! I'll see you tomorrow at 8 am.

Stupid question: do you want that initial email with the first three pages in the body to be double-spaced as well? If so, should we use carriage returns or just copy-paste from whatever word processing program we've used?

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Gina Leigh Maxwell said...

77Oh wow what an amazing opportunity!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:39:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Mary Kate Leahy said...

Thanks for answering all the questions !

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:46:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Tim Farmer said...

I'm in! Great idea!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Step Brown said...

I will be preparing my comment tonight and get it to my editor for revisions. :-) I cannot afford to miss this up. Thanks for the opportunity.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kathryn said...

looking forward to it!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:59:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Susan S said...

Very exciting way to find a new client! Kudos to the agency and to Deidre for this neat contest! Also, good luck to all the entrants!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 5:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Phyllis said...

I'm looking forward to this opportunity. Thank You for the chance!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:31:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Joyce said...

Count me in! Representation from Deidre Knight would be the ultimate Christmas gift. I've got my fingers crossed and alarm set.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Phyllis said...

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Phyllis said...

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Hello, this is a wonderful opportunity and I also want to be sure to follow directions. After reading all the posts, I am still unclear as to whether it is OK for the original 3 single-spaced pages to turn into 6 once double-spacing is applied? Thanks!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger reneedeangelo said...

Great idea! I can't wait to enter. I'll probably be late for work but it's worth it. Santa came early this year.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sloan said...

Awesome opportunity, Ms Knight. I will definitely be there.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 7:05:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Counting down the hours with everyone else! Good luck to all.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 7:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hope said...

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'll be here at 8am with my finger on the 'send' button!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 7:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Faith V. Smith said...

I'm in! Looking forward to it.

Faith V. Smith
www.faithvsmith.com

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 7:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm in! Thanks for the great opportunity.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 8:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dave Clark said...

Wild stuff, this! You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take, so I'm warming up. See ya in the ayem! Oh... if you did the in-line early bird Black Friday thing, this should be your typical been-there done-that. Of course, I don't know if I'm in just yet...

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 8:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Brenda Whiteside said...

I'm in! Wonderful opportunity.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger Joan said...

It's time to make my dreams come true. I'll be up and at 'em, bright eyed and bushy-tailed, and ready to go in the morning! Thanks for the great opportunity.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eve said...

I'm in! I can't wait for this. See you all at 5am! (Yay for the west coast!)

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:01:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kahlen Aymes said...

What a great opportunity!! Am I too late? Have 125 already posted?

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kit Donner said...

I'm just testing here.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Theresa Grant said...

Love it! I'll be dropping one girl at middle school and trying to enter before I have to drop the other at upper elementary. Hope my computer's feeling speedy tomorrow!

Theresa Grant
woltanski@yahoo.com

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Susan Saxx said...

Thanks for this great contest! It's much appreciated!

Susan Saxx
http://www.susansaxx.com

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger Scooter Carlyle said...

See you all in the morning!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:11:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kahlen Aymes said...

Does anyone know if the entry needs to be in the body of the email or as an attachement, and if an attachment, what format? PDF, Word?

Thanks!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:13:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jan said...

Testing...

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:14:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Mary Kate Leahy said...

as I understand it you copy paste from word into the body of the email the 3 page initial email and then the others are word attachments.. but I would look at the post again just in case :)

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:30:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jen said...

I can't wait to enter!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 10:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger Scooter Carlyle said...

EEEK!

I was preparing my email with my pages tonight in case I had the good fortune to make it into the first 125 comments.

I ACCIDENTALLY HIT "SEND."

Please excuse me! I wasn't trying to jump the gun.

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Darin said...

I'm in. Looking forward to tomorrow morning!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger MKate said...

Excitement, excitement! Come on 8 a.m.!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 1:04:00 AM EST  
Blogger MKate said...

just checking

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 1:14:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cool idea!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 1:17:00 AM EST  
Blogger Amanda Vyne said...

Sounds square.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 1:40:00 AM EST  
Blogger BMeans said...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 2:23:00 AM EST  
Blogger Tanya Kepic said...

I wanna be in like flynn
not out with a pout
Tanya

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:38:00 AM EST  
Blogger Sofie Couch said...

Sounds fun. I've never tried "speed dating" before. Let me grab a cup of coffee, so I'll have a little zip.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:44:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Amanda Bailey said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift this will make for one lucky author!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:49:00 AM EST  
Blogger tarak said...

Good luck to everyone!
Tara Kollas

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jena said...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:14:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jena said...

I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER. DEFINITELY!

NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED. AND IT'S MY DREAM.

JENA STANFORD
"romance971_jls@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:18:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kimber Chin said...

Woot!
This is going to be a blast!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:31:00 AM EST  
Blogger Hope Welsh said...

Just wondering if I'm the only one sitting here at 7:36 am waiting til I can hit the "enter" button, LOL

This is a fantastic opportunity. Best of luck to ALL entrants.

I'd like to thank the Knight Agency in advance for giving this opportunity to us.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:37:00 AM EST  
Blogger Maxine Mansfield said...

testing

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger Hope Welsh said...

I woke up from a dream that I overslept and missed this. I don't think I've awakened so quickly and fully in quite a while.

How bad is that? Have to know if anyone else had a similar dream last night!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Tosin said...

Testing

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:48:00 AM EST  
Blogger Leigh said...

test

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:51:00 AM EST  
Blogger Liz Czukas said...

Woke up before my alarm for this!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:53:00 AM EST  
Blogger Christine DePetrillo said...

I've brushed my teeth and am ready for some speed dating.

Christine DePetrillo
www.christinedepetrillo.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:53:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Is this where we post?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:56:00 AM EST  
Blogger Hope Welsh said...

No Hon, I don't believe we post here. There will be a specific new topic we reply to at the appropriate time (3 minutes from now)

Hope

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:57:00 AM EST  
Blogger Mai said...

ready!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger Sofie Couch said...

"Three, two, one..." (Click. Send.) Darn. Coffee all over the keyboard. - Sofie Couch.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jane Doe said...

steady

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Thanks Hope that's what I thought but I don't see it yet

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kit Donner said...

Pick me! Pick me! Kit Stanford Donner

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Aurelia said...

Im in, so excited. Bringing my dreams to life in writing.

Ariana B.Mack

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Timothy A. Northburg said...

Deidre, thank you for this great opportunity. I hope you enjoy my novel, BACON FINNEGAN AND THE RELICS OF MERLIN.

Thanks,

T.A. Northburg

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Tonya Burrows said...

Count me in!


Tonya Burrows
tonyaburrows22@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Tanya Kepic said...

Id rather win this than lotto!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Megan said...

It's 5am California time, so here's hoping I'm one of the first 125. Thanks for such a great contest!

Megan C. Floyd

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger BMeans said...

What a fantastic opportunity, Santa is working overtime this year.

Brenda Means

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger angelacavener said...

I hope I'm posting in the right spot. I'm not an experienced blogger, but I'm anxious to make it into the first 125. Thanks for the opportunity! Angela Cavener

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Heather Nickodem said...

Great Contest! Heather Nickodem hopes her entry " Red Sky at Night" is one of the 125.
heathernickodem@aol.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Darin said...

Good luck, everyone!

Darin Kennedy
darin@darinkennedy.com
www.darinkennedy.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Marianne van Gelder said...

Heh, hope this is the right contest post to respond to! Being awake and NOT following instructions would so suck...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Peyton Ellas said...

I love this excitement. Thanks Deidre Knight! Peyton Ellas

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Leigh said...

Here's hoping.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Scooter Carlyle said...

My pen name is Scooter Carlyle, I would be honored if you could represent my novel, THE RIDER OF NEALRA.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Kahlen Aymes said...

Dear Ms. Knight:

What a great opportunity! I saw Lucienne Diver speak at the Pro Workshop last July at the RWA Conference in Orlando and would be so honored to be represented by your agency!

My novel has been reviewed by Wild Rose Press and they have asked for a few revisions and requested re-submission.

Having representation such as The Knight Agency would not only be a great Christmas gift, but a dream come true!

Thank you!

Kahlen Aymes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great reason to set the alarm. I'd love to be one of the 125 - what a way to start a writer's day.

A. Skye Taylor
skye@askyetaylor.com
or
skyetaylor22@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger niki said...

Will 1000 comments sent to the same address between 8:00 and 8:01 disrupt the internet? We shall see.

But what an amazingly creative way to uncover creativity!

Congratulations.

Niki Gamm

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Kathleen Groger and I am excited to be a part of this contest.
Thank you for the great opportunity.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Eleanorgj said...

ELEANOR GWYN - JONES

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Writer Tessa said...

Great contest!

Tessa Devan

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marsha A. Moore said...

I’m Marsha A. Moore and I’d be very pleased to have a chance to submit my fantasy romance novel for Deidre Knight’s consideration.
Thanks,
Marsha A. Moore

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger cdowdy said...

Love this site!

cwdowdy
Charles Dowdy

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please pick me for a chance to work with Deidre Knight!
Samantha James

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Courtney Simonds said...

I'll give it a shot - Courtney Simonds, Undelineated@aol.com :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Linda JB Herrick said...

Good Morning. Good luck to Dance of the Hummingbirds. Thank you for a chance to make a dream come true.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Dianne Miley said...

Speed Dating... what a great concept! Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Dianne Miley

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lost in My Own Thoughts said...

Thank you for the opportunity.
Melissa Stark

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Cathy said...

I hope I made the cut off!

Cathy Perkins

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Moon Child said...

If I enter more contests like this one, I'll need to invest in a rooster.

Worth the effort and I enjoy the Willy Wonka feel of the contest.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Timothy A. Northburg said...

Deidre, thank you for this great opportunity. I hope you enjoy my novel, BACON FINNEGAN AND THE RELICS OF MERLIN.

Thanks,

T.A. Northburg

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Pete said...

All I want for Christmas is an agent!

Justin - Pete

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger WordCanvas said...

Please enter me

Name: Steve Schatz
Email: schatz@powerstart.com
or
schatzbecket@gmail.com
Username: WordCanvas
Book: WEAVERS OF LIGHT
Genre: MG/Tween
Length:81,200

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger Elmer said...

Contest entry: The Do Over by DeVallon Bolles devbolles@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lisa Iriarte said...

I definitely want to play.

Lisa Iriarte

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marlene Frere

Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lisa Wells said...

I'm in.

Lisa Wells

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger Sofie Couch said...

Darn. Clock's fast. - Sofie Couch and again...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Patricia Walker said...

thanks

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger Gonzalo Munevar said...

Here I am.

Gonzalo Munevar

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger Coralie Hugthes Jensen said...

Love to have you reading our pages!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Deserae said...

I would like to enter! Hope this gets through.

~Deserae McGlothen

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to be a contestant in the “She’s Just That Into You: Speed Dating with Deidre Knight” contest.
Val Clarizio

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marlene Frere

Good luck everyone

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Tonya Burrows said...

count me in! other one posted too early!

Tonya Burrows
tonyaburrows22@yahoo

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lela Gwenn said...

Good Morning Deidre! Get ready to love someone;)

Lela Gwenn

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Vicki said...

This is a fabulous contest!!

Vicki Lane

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lauren said...

Hi! This is a great opportunity!
-Lauren Smith

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Robin said...

Great idea! Robin Cox

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Raven West said...

It is 5 AM here in California! But I wanted to enter. Going back to bed now, for another hour before heading off to my "day job"

Enjoy Cry U.N.C.L.E.!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Raven Starr said...

Sounds great. I'd love to have the Knight Agency by my side..I'm in!
Raven Starr

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Tina Glasneck said...

What a wonderful opportunity. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Spazmo JOnes said...

AUTHOR: TOM ENDYKE
TITLE: SUPER G
GENRE: YA
WORDS: 50,000

What's a nice girl like you doing in a blog like this?

tbendyke@comcast.net

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lela Gwenn said...

Good Morning Deidre! Get ready to love someone;)

Lela Gwenn

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:03:00 AM EST  

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